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Back to Basics

Intensive residency program
in Hämeenkyrö, Finland

1 Month
May / June / July / August 2024
Where: Arteles Creative Center, Hämeenkyrö, Finland

Deadline for applications
10th of January 2024

Focus on the essentials

Stop the information overflow, go offline and get back to focus in a supportive, natural environment in the middle of the Northern summer.

Back to Basics residency program allows artists to clear their minds, get back to focus, and (re)discover the very basis of their being. Take a break from your smartphone, reconnect with your creativity, be part of nature and learn to stay present again, doing only things you want to be doing.

As the emphasis in this program is on reconnecting with your creative practice and being, no predetermined project plan is required. Participants are encouraged to arrive with their minds open for on-site observations, ideas, self-reflection and interacting with other artists. With support from the professional staff, facilities, and the program structure, Back to Basics allows you to go back to what matters to you.

No wifi, no cellphones - presence and pure nature

The program urges you to block the usual ways of escapism, be present where you are, and see how that improves your concentration skills, creativity, and productivity. To make this happen, the use of cellphones is not allowed and internet access is limited in this program. The residents also have the possibility to participate in daily meditation sessions. (See program details below.)

The summer season is ideal for exploring and getting inspired by the rich Finnish nature surrounding Arteles Creative Center. There are countless forests, fields, lakes, and small countryside roads in the region. Thanks to Finland’s everyman’s rights, they can all be explored freely.

Midsummer is full of light: even in the middle of the night, it’s bright enough to go for a walk in the forest. Seasonal berries and mushrooms can be picked from the yard and the woods, and when it’s time to get relaxed, the residency center’s traditional wood-burning sauna is the place to be.
For artists & creatives
Studio spaces & private bedrooms. 24/7 access to all facilities.
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Scheduled meditation
We have scheduled morning and evening sessions in the meditation hall (Voluntary).
Outdoors & nature
Pure Nordic nature: forests, lakes and ever-changing skies.
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Relaxing tradition
Traditional Finnish wood-burning sauna built in 1961, for when you feel like it is time to relax.
Award-winning landscapes
Arteles Creative Center is located in Hämeenkyrö, Finland.
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Creative program structure
Multidisciplinary group setting, (voluntary) meetings and program activities to support your creative journey.
Tools for you
Car, boat, bikes and a wide selection of creative gear and tools for you to use. See full list here
On-site staff
We assist you with practicalities and introduce you to the facilities, local surroundings and nature.

Back to focus
Unplug yourself, go offline and get back to focus. The use of cellphones is prohibited and internet access limited in this program (see details below).
Back to nature
Regain the connection with nature. Participants will be introduced to the surrounding nature, forests, paths and the nearby nature reserve. The location allows you to draw inspiration from peaceful nature daily.
Back to presence
Each morning and evening there are scheduled meditation sessions in the meditation hall. For beginners, there is an introduction to meditation. The sessions are voluntary and do not follow any specific school or tradition.
Back to freedom
Freedom for creating and being. The program allows you the time, space and, most of all, the freedom and stress-free environment you need in order to develop yourself and your creative practice.
Relax in Sauna
Participants are given an introduction to the Finnish sauna culture, and they may use the traditional, wood-burning residency sauna freely. Also the public sauna nearby is a great place to experience the authentic, non-touristy Finnish sauna culture.
Creative community & atmosphere
Connect, share, collaborate with others - or just focus to do your own thing - in a relaxed, non-competitive, multidisciplinary group setting.

About going offline
In order to maintain a focused environment, there is no wifi in this program (excluding the first 1-2 days of settling in). Internet is available one day per week, when it can be accessed with a USB connection. Residents can use their own or the house laptop. Note: In case of an important appointment/ work etc. commitment that cannot be rescheduled, temporary access can be arranged by consulting the staff in advance.

About having a break from cellphones
To help the mind rest & stay present, the use of cellphones is prohibited in this program. Cellphones are switched off and handed in at the beginning of the residency, and they will be stored in the office. In case of urgent need, friends & family can contact the participants via Arteles staff. There is also a residency phone available for receiving international calls if needed.

Included in your stay at Arteles Creative Center:

For creative practice:

  • studio spaces and facilities — See facilities here
  • photo / sound studio spaces with gear + other creative tools — See list here
  • scheduled daily meditation sessions in the meditation hall (voluntary)
  • weekly group meetings and other events (voluntary)
  • artist promotion on our online network
  • artist pages in Arteles Catalogue

For everyday life:

  • private bedroom, incl. towels and bedlinen
    (Note: There are large working desks also in the bedrooms.)
  • fully equipped kitchen facilities
  • traditional Finnish wood-burning sauna
  • meditation / yoga hall with matts, cushions & benches
  • residency car (with automatic gears) for getting around the region
  • rowing boat on the lake nearby
  • bicycles
  • pick-up service for arrivals and departures read more
  • internet access (limited)
  • laundry facilities
  • pure northern nature

Program periods 2024

May: 2.-30.5.
July: 3.-31.7.
August: 2.-30.8.
(Each monthly program period = 29 days)

Program fees

There is no application fee.
Applicants who otherwise would be unable to join the program can apply for financial support. The number of financially supported residencies is limited.

Regular fee: 1950 € / month
Financially supported fee: 1270 € / month
Contributor's fee (optional): 2610 € / month

All fees include the registration fee (120 € / person, non-refundable, to be paid only if/when becoming selected).
All the residents have accommodation in a private bedroom.

Who can apply

We are welcoming emerging and professional artists, writers and creatives from diverse fields and backgrounds.
In the selection process, an emphasis is put on applicant’s approach, alignment and suitability to the program theme.
We value authenticity and tenacity.

We do not require a project proposal in the application as this would be in contradiction with the program. Also we understand that when working in the creative field, your subjects, interests and working methods tend to change and evolve along the way.

Reguirements & notes

- You must be at least 23 or older to apply (in 2024)
- Only individual applicants may apply to this program (If wanting to apply us as a duo, please send two individual applications and mention about it at the "extra notes"-box of the application)
- Children are not permitted in the residency
- Acknowledgment regarding health and well-being: Due to the nature of meditation / digital detox and their potential to bring forth anxiety, traumatic memories and sensations, it is important to note that this program may not be suitable for individuals who are coping with severe trauma or serious mental disorders.

Deadline for applications was: 10th of January 2024

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